CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) - An Eastern Panhandle sheriff facing civil rights charges has resigned.
Jefferson County Commissioner Patsy Noland tells media outlets that Sheriff Robert E. Shirley gave her a handwritten resignation letter Friday evening.
Shirley is accused of beating a bank robbery suspect in December 2010.
He pleaded not guilty last June following his indictment. Court documents show that a change of plea hearing is set for Monday before a federal magistrate in Martinsburg.
According to court documents, Shirley agreed to take a leave of absence and be placed on home detention while the case is pending.
Shirley's lawyer, Kevin D. Mills, tells The Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/11t7DkO ) of Hagerstown, Md., that recently disclosed evidence compelled his client to reassess his decision to contest the charges. He said he couldn't comment further.